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Activity Dates: 04/20/2009 - 04/20/2012

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Target Audience

If you are a pharmacist, nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients, we invite you to participate in this online course.

Session Summary

Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain syndrome characterized by diffuse musculoskeletal achiness, stiffness, and exaggerated tenderness. Current view of the condition indicates that it is a huge continuum of pain and somatic syndromes. It is believed that increase sensitization of the central nervous system to sensory modalities results in the development of many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The etiology of fibromyalgia is currently unknown but research is accumulating that indicates that it is most likely multifactorial.

Effective treatment of fibromyalgia utilizes non-pharmacologic as well as pharmacologic modalities. Non- pharmacologic treatments include cognitive behavioral therapies, moderate exercise as well as psychological support. Pharmacologic treatment utilizes drugs that primarily affect neurotransmittors in the CNS such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA through calcium channel modulation. However, drugs with other mechanisms have shown to be useful in some patients. 

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (60%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 60% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Susan Rogers, BS, PharmD, BCPS

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Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia
  2. Differentiate fibromyalgia from comorbidities and conditions with similar symptomatology
  3. Identify nonpharmacologic treatments to help improve symptom control in fibromyalgia
  4. Compare the safety and efficacy data for commonly used agents for treating fibromyalgia including antidepressants, pregabalin, and analgesics

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 04/20/2009 - 04/20/2012
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-09-006-H01-P
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This self-study course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0000-09-006-H01-P (1.0 contact hours).

ACPE approved contact hours are accepted for ANCC Certification Renewal (see pages 5 and 6): At least 50% (37.5 hours) of your 75 continuing education hours must be formally approved continuing education hours. Formally approved continuing education hours meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  1. Continuing nursing education (CNE) approved for nursing contact hours by an accredited provider or approver of nursing continuing education
  2. Continuing medical education (CME) approved for CME hours
  3. Sponsored by organizations, agencies, or educational institutions accredited or approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Grant Support

This programming was supported in part by grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Forest Laboratories, Inc., Lilly, Schering-Plough, Cyberonics, and Shire.

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